With reports indicating that Sprint and T-Mobile US are closing in on a deal that would see Sprint pay around $32 billion for T-Mobile, the biggest question is: Could such a deal win approval from regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice? The outlook is decidedly unclear and probably not that favorable, according to most analysts and industry experts.
No deal has been reached, according to reports, and any announcement is likely still several weeks off at the earliest. Sprint and T-Mobile have declined to comment on the speculation.
Yet the prospect that a deal is in sight has set off a new round of consideration over whether the transaction would pass regulatory muster. That question is particularly acute at a time when regulators are also evaluating proposed mega-deals between AT&T and DirecTV and Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Read the full article